Q: Do you officiate as Rabbi at interfaith marriages?
A: Yes. I believe that Judaism offers traditions and practices that bring love and meaning to people of many backgrounds. Here’s an article I wrote for JLIFE magazine..
Q: Do you co-officiate at weddings with clergy of other religions?
A: Yes. I believe that there is one God and many paths. Jewish tradition can come into a wedding in many ways. Including elements of other traditions can offer beauty and spirituality, as well as providing connections to those raised in other traditions. Co-officiating is one of many ways to add richness and familiarity.
Q: Do you do same gender weddings?
A: Yes. Jewish ceremonies can and should be adapted to all forms of expressions of love and spirituality.
Q:Do you officiate at non denominational events?
A: Yes. I have officiated at consecration blessing events ranging from Eagle Scout (Boy Scout) ceremonies to blessing of new homes for Habitat for Humanity.
Q: Do you officiate at cremations and at funerals for those who have been cremated?
A: Yes. While not universally accepted, cremation is an acceptable process within many parts of the Jewish community. Many Jewish cemeteries and mortuaries facilitate cremations. The Bible, (I Samuel 31:12) tells of the cremation of King Saul and his sons. I have officiated at meaningful funerals at which cremated remains were buried in the ground, and others in which they were distributed at sea. As a transdenominational Jew I am influenced by, but not limited by Jewish tradition (halachah) but not limited by it.
Q: Do you co-officiate at funeral with clergy of other religions?
A: Yes. A funeral serves several goals. It provides comfort and closure for the family and friends. It honors the deceased, and it provides the comfort of Jewish tradition. With today’s mixed families, introducing elements from other faith traditions can help achieve these goals.
Q: Will you officiate outside of Southern California?
A: Yes. While I am based in Orange County, in Southern California, arrangements for travel are easily made.
Q: Will you speak and teach all denominations of Judaism?
A: Yes. My teaching is transdenominational. These teachings are grounded in the Bible and Jewish tradition and are interesting to all denominations. I have been very well received by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim groups.